Our football match prediction:
As expected, Bolivia were hammered by Venezuela (0-5) at Estadio Monumental de Maturin. La Verde obviously struggle on the travels, but they are tough to beat at home. The Bolivians play their home games at high altitude and that is the main reason why believe the hosts will grab something from Tuesday’s football match against Paraguay. Francisco Arce’s team experienced all sorts of problems in a 4-1 loss to Peru and you should bear in mind that they had a one-goal lead at half-time. Paraguay did defeat Argentina in their last away game in the World Cup qualifiers, but it is well known that Barcelona ace Leo Messi missed the match through injury. The Bolivians are a real force to be reckoned with at home and, taking everything into account, we predict that La Verde will put an end to their seven-game winless run in the WC qualifiers.
Highlighted Player (Juan Iturbe):
Juan Iturbe is one of the rising stars of Paraguay football and is often dubbed the “new Lionel Messi”. The 22-year-old versatile professional plays as a winger as well as a forward. He currently plays for English club Bournemouth on loan from Italian club AS Roma. From a young age, Iturbe was earmarked for greater things and made his senior debut at the age of 16. In 2011 he joined Porto after signing his first professional contract but couldn’t settle in the first-team squad. Iturbe joined River Plate on a six-month loan and then made his move to Italy with Verona. Within weeks after joining Verona, Roma announced the signing of Iturbe. He continued to impress and showed flashes of brilliance but lacked consistency. Iturbe had a chance to represent Argentina and Paraguay and fluctuated his decision before finally deciding to stick with Paraguay. He made his debut with the Paraguayan national team in March 2016.
Highlighted Team (Paraguay):
Los Guaranies are the part of CONMEBOL confederation vying for glory at the international scene since 1919 and their debut loss to Argentina 5-1. Paraguay are regular participants at the Copa America winning the tournament on two occasions thus far, most recently in 1979. They came close to glory in recent editions of the tournament as they fell short in the final of 2011 to Uruguay, while they finished fourth in 2015. The most successful period of the Paraguay national team came under Argentine coach Gerardo Martino, who took Paraguay to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. Following the 2010 success, Paraguay failed to qualify for their fourth successive FIFA World Cup finals as they have also missed out on the third consecutive global championship held inside their own continent. Toluca FC centre back Paulo da Silva is the most capped player of the Paraguay national team, while former Bayern Munich and Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is the team’s top scorer with 32 goals to his name.